'RockStar: INXS' to debut on Star World on 12 July

MUMBAI: Mark Burnett's reality show RockStar: INXS is all set to debut on Star World on 12 July at 9 pm.

The show will feature 15 aspiring musicians and two hosts with the aim to find the next rock and roll superstar who will become the lead singer for the world famous rock band, INXS!


With seven men and eight women competing for the coveted spot as INXS foreperson, Rock Star: INXS chronicles the trials and tribulations of being in the spotlight.

INXS members - Andrew, Tim and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers - will work with leading entertainment industry specialists to assess singers as they undertake a series of comprehensive workshops covering everything from songwriting and performance to image and production - all aspects of what it takes to be a Rock Star.

Australian rock group INXS is no stranger to fame and success. The release of INXS’s debut album in 1980 paved the way for their status in the music world as that of legends, one that they sustained throughout their career.

With over 30 million records sold worldwide and more than 4,000 concert performances, INXS established themselves as the gods of modern rock. The band has achieved worldwide fame with its music and is now aiming to reestablish itself with new talent. After the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence in November 1997, INXS continued to record and perform using singers such as Terence Trent D’Arby and Jon Stewart as vocalists. The band is now looking for a lead singer to be a permanent figure in the wonder that is INXS.

Rock Star: INXS promises to be a reality show unlike any other. Created by reality-television mogul Mark Burnett, the show aims to find raw talent and fuse it with music greats for a mix that is truly legendary rock.

"RockStar shows you the behind-the-scenes of the contestants living in a Hollywood Hills mansion overlooking the Hollywood sign and living the life of a rock star, as well as the performances. All of these applicants who are on the show can play music, read music and write music, so it is a whole new level of talent. It is great to win $1 million on a show but to get the job of a true rock star opening at big stadiums is like a total inspirational dream," says Burnett.

In 13 weeks, RockStar: INXS will show how these contestants fight to survive in a competition based on pure talent. The gifted aspirants come from different walks of life (including a nanny, a legal secretary and a bartender) with one thing in common – a passion for music.

Hosted by guitarist Dave Navarro and television personality Brooke Burke, RockStar: INXS will narrow down the list of aspirants to one final winner who will be INXS’s new lead singer and will tour with the band at venues across the world. Auditions were held around the world this year in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Liverpool, New Orleans, Auckland and Sydney. The final fifteen hail from the US, Canada and England.

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